Billionaire oligarch Ronald Lauder is funding a $25 million campaign against political candidates in the United States who “support or normalize anti-Semitism,” he said.
Lauder, the president of the World Jewish Congress, announced the new campaign, called the Anti-Semitism Accountability Project, or ASAP, on Monday. The effort will include a nonprofit organization and a super PAC.
Lauder will have the final say on which politicians — federal, state and local — will be “targeted for defeat,” according to the New York Times.
He is a longtime Republican donor, but Lauder told the newspaper he planned to use the organization to “go after” both Democrats and Republicans who “traffic in anti-Semitic language and tropes.”
A statement announcing the launch of ASAP said it would “also respond and take action against institutions and cultural figures who support anti-Semitism.” Lauder also told the Times that he would “look into universities and their professors,” and “pressure them to stop anti-Semitic statements and actions” by contacting major donors.
ASAP will “partner with existing organizations” that are “working across the country” to punish and criminalize criticism of Jews, the statement said, and encouraged contact from those groups through its Web site.
According to a poll commissioned by ASAP and conducted by Douglass Schoen of Schoen Consulting, “anti-Semitism has doubled over the past five years.” It claims that today, “14 per cent. of Americans hold anti-Semitic beliefs, as compared to 7 per cent. from a survey released by the Anti-Defamation League in 2014.” Absent from the Jewish group’s analysis is the possibility that this is no reflection of “hate,” but simply a rising awareness of criminal, murderous, censorious, and genocidal activities on the part of the world’s wealthiest and most powerful ethnic group.
Lauder told the Times that he has “hired teams of researchers to follow political races across the country from the most local to the major ones” to track “anti-Semitic” comments.
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Source: Jewish Telegraphic Agency and National Vanguard correspondents